Answer to “Name That Herb”


Dr. Katja Görts ©

This herb is an aerial part of a plant. It is a red berry. It is harvested in summer or autumn when it has ripened. It is sweet and neutral. It enters the Liver, Lung and Kidney Channels.

It nourishes and tonifies the Liver and Kidneys for patterns of Blood- and Yin-Deficiency with signs such as sore back and legs, low grade abdominal pain, impotence, thirsting and wasting disorder, and consumption.

It brightens the eyes in Liver and Kidney Deficiency patterns where Blood and Essence are unable to nourish the eyes.

It enriches Yin and moistens the Lung in cases of consumptive cough.

It is usually combined with Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum) to treat visual impairment, tinnitus, and headache due to Liver and Kidney Deficiency and with Di Huang (Rehmannia) to tonify the Kidneys. It appears not only but amongst others in the following classical formulas: Qi Ju Di Huang Wan, You Gui Yin and You Gui Wan.

It is contraindicated in patients with external heat patterns and Spleen-Qi Deficiency with dampness and loose stools.

In TCVM it is very helpful, e.g., in horses suffering from recurrent uveitis or dogs with cataracts due to Liver- and Kidney-Yin deficiency.

It contains substances like betaine, carotene, riboflavin, vitamin C and linoleic acid. Pharmacologically it is hepatoprotective and cholinergic and increases serum and liver phospholipids. It reduces blood cholesterol, blood pressure and hyperlipidemia and has a positive effect on obesity, chronic hepatitis, and male infertility.

Horses like this herb as a healthy, food-therapy treat.

The name of the herb is Gou Qi Zi, Fructus lycii or Chinese wolfberry.



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